'''Patricia''' is a common female given name
of Latin language|Latin
origin. Derived from the Latin word ''Patrician (ancient Rome)|patrician
'', meaning "noble", the masculine form of the name is Patrick (given name)|Patrick
. The name Patricia was the second most common female name in the United States
according to the 1990 US Census
It is commonly shortened to 'Pat', 'Pati/Paty', 'Patsy', Patti/Pattie', 'Trish' or 'Trisha/Tricia'. These diminutives are sometimes used as names in their own right. Another well-known variant of this is 'Patrice
According to the US Social Security Administration
records, the use of the name for newborns peaked at #3 from 1937 to 1943 in the USA, after which it dropped in popularity, reaching a low of #442 in 2007.
[Popularity of a Name. [http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/ Social Security Administration] ''ssa.gov'', accessed July 17, 2008]
From 1928 to 1967, the...